EU referendum: 20 areas in North Somerset with highest and lowest turnout
PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 July 2016
Fewer Weston voters turned out to the polls for the European Union (EU) referendum than elsewhere in North Somerset, new figures suggest.
While North Somerset had a 77.5 per cent turnout overall on June 23, the five areas with the lowest turnout were all in Weston-super-Mare.
North Somerset voted 52 per cent to 48 per cent to leave the EU, a figure which was mirrored nationally.
Meanwhile, the five busiest polling stations were all in the north of the district.
Since Britain voted to leave the European Union, political commentators have been comparing Conservative and Labour areas to try to analyse how people from different demographics voted.
A breakdown of North Somerset’s five busiest polling stations shows they were all in the more affluent areas north of the district, in wards with Conservative, Liberal Democrat and independent councillors.
But two of the five wards with the lowest turnouts in the district are in traditionally Labour areas on Weston’s estates.
Three polling stations in Weston’s Central ward, which is now split between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats on North Somerset Council, also featured in the bottom five for turnout. Central ward was a Liberal Democrat area stronghold before last year’s elections.
Meanwhile, the five busiest polling stations in the Weston parliamentary constituency were all outside of Weston.
In the North Somerset constituency, the lowest turnout was 72.03 per cent – nearly 20 per cent higher than the lowest turnout in the Weston constituency.
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